Christmas Jerks…how to avoid them & avoid being one.

Odd title to this blog post, I know…but I will explain.

I was at a Christmas party last week. It was great to socialize, meet new people, talk about a range of topics and then IT happened.

“IT” was one of the party guests coming over to me insisting I eat some cookies or cake or have some of the appetizers. When I politely declined, she offered me other things wine, mixed drinks, some kind of Christmas creamy alcoholic conncoction and again I politely declined.

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Before making my way to the party I had dinner. I was full so not to be tempted by any of the holiday food joy.

Back to my story…once I refused food for the second time, she rallied the troops. Mark…Carrie is not having any of the treats…go and make her up a plate. Which was followed by “you can afford to eat it, c’mon just have a plate” Then the host hollered over to another guest and said “Christine…Carrie needs to have some of your cheesecake doesn’t she?! grab her a piece”.

Smiling and kindly pushing away the food, I insisted that I was full. Her reply was “you are small, you should eat more AND it’s the holidays” — whhhaaaattttt?

You know all heck would break loose if tables were turned and I went around telling people to put food down, can I get an Amen on that one?! #Amen

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Look lady, I have been cordial and polite but enough was enough. So then I started…I told the host that none of the food there was on my nutrition plan, that most of that sugary, fattening stuff will make me sick to my stomach…then came the doozy and I said :

 I don’t need food to enjoy the company of others.

READ THAT LINE AGAIN AND REMEMBER IT! 

I’m know the host and most of these food pushing guests are very nice people but that night they were jerks.  In a not so mall way, they were being bullies.  Now that isn’t to minimize real world bullying, but you know what I mean.  I honestly felt like I was being bullied into joining in their experience.

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Food doesn’t equal happiness or a good time to me. I will add a disclaimer that yes, I have had meals and have said, “Hellooooo happiness” while eating said meal.

If you are big or small don’t give in to Christmas, Valentines, Easter, 4th of July, Canada Day, Halloween food pushers.

Those Christmas calories add up fast and can get out of control fast.

This morning I got a phone call from one of the guests congratulating me on my stand and she asked me to put together a plan for her nutritional future.  She wants to start today…not after the holidays. 

Just like raising our children…when you stand up for what you believe in, the influence you can have on others is golden.

Celebrate being with the company of others.  Enjoy your time, fellowship and the company of others without the regret of doing something that you wouldn’t normally do and that doesn’t fit into your own nutritional plan.

 

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Let Your Mistakes Be Your Motivation

You can’t hope away the extra pounds.  Simple enough sentence but really think about it this:

“If you want to see change, you have to make the change happen.”

We all get off track from time to time and the reality is life happens. You don’t give up, you don’t throw in the towel and you don’t make excuses.

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As one wise boot camper said to me, “Those times when you don’t feel like showing up; when you are busy, stressed, over scheduled, that’s when you do show up”

Know the difference between a set back and failure.

Set Back: You slipped up, lost focus, got busy, caved in, got lazy

Failure: You decided your health wasn’t worth the effort.

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You can recover from set backs pretty easy.  As long as you don’t suffer set backs too often and your commitment on your goal is always your prime focus.

When you feel like quitting or not showing up you need to remember the reason why you started.  Your goal, whatever it is, has to be from your heart.  Your, “I want it so bad!” motivator.

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I am here to motivate you, but you have to actually want to see change.

The excuses get old and tired.  There has to come a point where you just stop making excuses.

 

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I guarantee you that there is someone out there that is busier than you, stressed more than you, over-scheduled more that you and they still manage to eat healthy and exercise.

So what’s stopping you???? That’s right, your answer should be NOTHING!!

I read a great quote and I think this needs to stay with everyone

“Dead last is greater than did not finish which trumps did not start”

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Recognizing the things that you do wrong is a great step to fixing your mindset.  You have to be honest with yourself. Your mistakes should be part of your motivation to succeed, not your excuses when you measure your failure.

Hockey practices, swimming lessons, tough day at work, shopping, tired, hungry.  Guess what,  so many people think those reasons for not eating healthy and not exercising are justifiable because you got to “take part” or be there.  Good, you should be there, but what about the television, talk on the phone, surf Facebook time.  Pass on that stuff, because it’s not what the people who are hitting their goals are doing.  And when those people look back, they won’t be saying, “I wish I would have spent more time updating my status, or watching TV.” Nope, they’re looking in the mirror and saying, “It was so worth it!!”

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Your mistakes should be your motivation, not your excuses.

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Do you want to lose weight? What if you never lost another pound?

Here is my question to you, please feel free to answer it or leave a comment below.

If you stayed at your current weight would you be happy?

Could you go through the next 30,40, 50 years in the shape you are right now and be happy?

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Where some might think that your physical appearance should not be tied to your happiness or state of mind, I say different. So many people are consumed…yes, comsumed with unhappy thoughts because they are over weight and out of shape. When I was at my heaviest (225lbs + ) there were days that all I could think about was how much happier I would be if I could just lose weight. Then there were days that all I could think about was which decadent food could I eat next. It was a viscious cycle and I am still tormented by it today.

I know I am happier now for a few reasons. Being over weight is not an all consuming thought. I am able to be active and do activites that I never dreamed of doing. I am happier now because I don’t beat myself up meal after meal, which is exhausting.

If you aren’t willing to make some sacrifices then you need to make peace that you are where you are and your weight will not change.

In fact, and this is not to fear monger but to open your eyes…your weight will go up. Getting older and not being active means you slow down. Your hormones are involved (menopause) your metabolism slows to a grinding halt, add in stress and you have a recipe for obesity.

What will your life look like in a year, 2 years or 5 years if you continue to do nothing?

What will you feel like in a year, 2 years or 5 years if you continue to gain weight?

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I guarantee…I mean I guarantee that if you start to put focus on your health you will feel better, you will stop feeling fat, ugly and miserable. Today is your day. Monday is the start of a new week…you get to start doing something-anything that will help you get into shape.

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If you do nothing and keep doing nothing you will be unhappy…plain and simple.

 

The emotional side of being overweight is so mentally taxing but aside from that you are taking years off of your life…which is a fact. Why would you want to do that?

 

Today is your day. Today is the day that you will make healthy choices and do some real physical activity.

 

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Halloween Hangover

So…….how’d ya do???

Did you stay strong and resist the urge to tear into those bite size candies? Or did you buckle and eat your body weight in “fun” size candy??

Did you wake up this morning and while getting dressed start saying (or screaming) WHY…WHY DID I EAT ALL OF THAT CANDY??

If you are suffering a chocolate/candy hangover you need to re-group; dump the candy and say no to your candy pushing co-workers who are trying to unload their candy.

3 fun size pieces of candy will cost you more than 20 minutes of jogging!  Do the math: You had a couple before trick or treating + a couple during trick or treating + a few more during the sorting process x the number of kids you have equals…A LOT OF RUNNING TO BURN THAT CHOCOLATE OFF

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I know the internal conversation you had with yourself….”oooohhh that kind is my favourite” or “I will just have this one!” Bet you said this “Well, I have had so many what’s one more?!”

I see so many of you that work soooo hard  but then you tell me that you had wings, wine, candy, (or insert whatever bad food here) and you wonder why you are not losing weight.  The reason is simple!  You keep sabotaging yourself!!!! When you workout and bring your A game, give it your all, you are burning the crap that you ate that day.  You never get to that stored fat.  Think about that!  All your work is to just maintain.

So if you start your day with a latte, then have a muffin add a bagel and some pasta for dinner, you workout and you might burn through half of those calories.  You don’t burn the stuff you want to get rid of off of your thighs, tummy or backside, BUT you keep doing it.  Why?? You are choosing food, junk food, you are letting the food control you.

IT ALL STOPS TODAY………..

Make the commitment to change your eating habits, dump the junk, drink the water that you need and exercise!!!!

Halloween is over and it likely was a scary night with all of the reckless eating but onwards my friends……

Candy is not your friend.  I am…so start listening to me!!!

Halloween Hangover remedy:

LOTS of water–eat real food, (lean protein, veggies) and get moving (exercise is a MUST).

We have 7 weeks until Christmas…..that means a lot of parties, dinners, get-together, cakes, cookies, drinks, it means you need to pull it together!!  No maintaining through that! That is the recipe for waistline disaster.

Starting NOW it’s game on.  No more fooling around.  No more making excuses why you can’t.  No more giving in to food weaknesses.  No more nonsense.

Halloween Workout

You know you’re going to do it.

I know you’re going to do it.

Your little goblins, ghouls, princesses and princes will run from house to house.  Maybe they’ll say trick or treat, but definitely fill their candy bags as fast as they  can and run home to see their bounty.

And then it will happen. You’ll taste test some of the treats.

No worries…I’ve got your back.  Here is your special Halloween workout for the morning, afternoon, evening, and next several days. The more you eat, the more times you need to do this. Remember though, the more you eat, the faster you’ll lose sight of your feet.

The 6-6-6 workout…enjoy!

Halloween is a scary time….gaining weight from eating those FUN size treats is scary

Pro tip #1: I am not buying any Halloween candy until the middle of the afternoon on Halloween!!

Pro tip #2: do not buy Halloween candy on sale after halloween

Pro tip #3: sort through the candy and donate most of it.

While you are waiting for the ghosts and goblins to appear at your door…do a couple of rounds and work up a sweat!

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